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Gregg Turkington To Star In 'The Comedy' Director Rick Alverson's Next Film 'Entertainment'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 1, 2013 5:19 PM
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Rick Alverson, Turkington
“The state of film criticism…” is often a self-important statement that usually precedes a mind-numbing amount of concerned repetition ("is criticism healthy?," "cinema is not dead," "cinema is dying," "adult movies have gone away," "cinema is actually totally healthy") meant for the 1% of critics and not the 99% of audiences. And it can take on the mundane-like flavor of “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich,” which is why “On Cinema”—which kinda takes the piss out of film criticism—is one of our favorite web shows (and now it’s on Adult Swim). It stars comedians Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington in a “Siskel & Ebert”-esque spoof and it’s pretty damn funny. As much as these two are talented goofballs, they’ve also proved they’ve got chops in other arenas. Heidecker has a (half-serious) indie-rock band (Heidecker & Wood) and in 2012 he really blew us away in “The Comedy,” director Rick Alverson’s provocative examination of the arrested-adolescent 30-something (bordering dangerously close to 40), that was much more ugly, toxic and bruising than most arrested development manchild comedies.

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